This scares me more than anything else.
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I don’t enjoy Halloween, at least not the scary parts. From a young age I learned that I found horror particularly unsettling to my mind and soul, and whilst Halloween isn’t always about horror, they are synonymous in many instances.
I have no interest in participating or perpetuating the traditions of cut off body parts, witchcraft, blood and gore, violence, creepy clowns, and scary movies.
I’m a carve a jack-o-lantern and straw mazes in the sunshine kind of man with no interest in seeking out fear.
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Although I don’t go looking for fear, it often does a fine job of finding me.
The grim reaper with his scythe is one of the iconic and fear inducing figures of Halloween. I don’t know if death actually has any personification but death itself is perhaps the most terrifying truth that all of us must grapple with throughout life.
It doesn’t matter what ‘our truth’ is, death is the inescapable truth for all of us. Always there, always watching and waiting, very unpredictable and unyielding.
This simple truth is the one that scares me more than any other. Even with growing faith in Jesus and a belief in a life hereafter, death nevertheless appears a formidable foe to me.
It’s certainly not healthy to live a life driven by fear, but what about a life driven by death?
Could death actually be the greatest traveling companion we have and the catalyst for pursuing a life of meaning and purpose?
Knowing we must die, but not knowing when, could serve us well if we harnessed this truth.
Perhaps we would live our lives more intentionally and with greater purpose by being present and living, loving and growing today rather than putting off the things that matter most until tomorrow.
We cannot change the past or predict the future, all we really know is the moment we are living right now. What will we do with this moment? Will we live it fully or watch the time waste away until it’s all gone.
No one should deliberately live recklessly because they think tomorrow might never come, because for most of us, we can say with some level of confidence, there will be many more tomorrows.
So we should make plans for tomorrow but always remember that today is what counts and really matters, because we never know when death is going to come for us!
Happy Halloween everybody.